The Erie Canal, New York State, and the United States

The following Erie Canal-related images were created from original documents and books in the collections of the New York State Library (unless otherwise noted). The images are 400 dpi PDFs. To open the PDF, click on the link under the image or in the citation column. Each image can be used as a stand-alone document to teach students how to analyze primary and secondary documents. A story line using the images is available in a PowerPoint presentation available by sending a request to mscolls@nysed.gov.

The image numbers (001 through 122) correspond to PowerPoint slide numbers; if a slide number is missing, that means there is only text on that slide.

Introduction

No. Image and PDF file Citation
001 Low Bridge Everybody Down score front page thumbnail
Low Bridge Everybody Down: or Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal

Allen, Thomas S.
Low Bridge Everybody Down: or Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal (New York: Haviland, 1913)

New York State Library call number: SCO 0739

 

002a
Jump! Jump!
"Jump! Jump!"

[Abbott, Jacob].
Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852), page 61

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245

002b Bridge
"Bridge"
[Abbott, Jacob].
Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852), page 71

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245
003 Erie Canal Laws 1817
An act respecting navigable communications between the great western and northern lakes and the Atlantic ocean. Passed April 15, 1817
New York State. Laws of 1817, Chapter 262, Passed April 15, 1817

The Geography

No. Image and PDF file Citation
005 Labberton map, Territories of the U.S. during French and Indian War
The Territory of the Present United States during the French-Indian Wars, 1755-1763 and three other maps. (Plate 63)

Labberton, Robert H.
Historical Atlas 3800 B.C. to 1900 A.D. by Robert H. Labberton
(New York: Silver Burdett & Company, 1901) – Plate 63.

New York State Library call number: 911 qL11h

007 Map of U.S. and Canada, Captain Hall Route 1827
Map of the United States and Canada Shewing [sic] Capt[ai]n Hall's Route Through Those Countries in 1827 and 1828

Hall, Basil.
Forty Etchings from Sketches Made with the Camera Lucida, in North America, in 1827 and 1828 (Edinburgh: Cadell & Co., [1829?])

New York State Library call number: 917.3 qH168

008 Map of New York and Adjacent Areas
[Map of New York State showing the flat lands in the Hudson River and Mohawk River valleys and along Lake Ontario] : Map 1 of 2

New York (State). Dept. of Commerce.
Physical Map New York State and Adjacent Areas Published by State of New York … Department of Commerce
([Albany, N.Y.]: State of New York, Department of Commerce, 1961)

New York State Library call number: (747) 1961 203-11366

009 New York Shaded Relief Map
[Map of New York State showing the flat lands in the Hudson River and Mohawk River valleys and along Lake Ontario] : Map 2 of 2

USGS (United States Geological Survey). National Elevation Data Set Shaded Relief [Map] of New York

Pre-Erie Canal Travel in New York State

No. Image and PDF file Citation
012a Men and Donkeys
Traveling by Land: Men Riding, Leading and Dragging
"Men Riding, Leading, and Dragging." In Mason, Otis Tufton. Primitive Travel and Transportation (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1896) - page 254

New York State Library call number: 380.9 M411
012b Gist Exploring the Wilderness
Traveling by Land: Man Riding a Horse through Snow or Mud

Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) - Vol. 1, page 515

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

012c Removing Scores at Concord
Traveling by Land: Two Oxen Straining to Pull a Heavy Load in a Two-wheeled Cart Being Urged on by Children with Switches

Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) - Vol. 1, page 786

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

012d Emigration to the Western Country
Traveling by Land: Oxen Pulling Covered Wagons

Lossing, Benson J.
The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812; or, Illustrations, by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence
. (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869) - Vol.2, page 1180

New York State Library call number: 973.52 qL88

012e Two Wheeled Passenger Cart Pulled by a Horse
Traveling by Land: Two-wheel Passenger Cart Pulled by a Horse
Lossing, Benson John.
The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812; or, Illustrations, by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence. (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869) - [Part 1], page 579

New York State Library call number: 973.52 qL88
013 American Stage Coach
Traveling by Land: American Stagecoach
"American Stage Coach." In Hall, Basil. Forty Etchings from Sketches Made with the Camera Lucida, in North America, in 1827 and 1828 (Edinburgh: Cadell & Co., [1829?]

New York State Library call number: 917.3 qH168
014a Washington and Gist Among the Ice
Traveling by Water: Two Men Using Poles to Move a Raft

Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) - Vol. 1, page 520

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

014b Arnold's Expedition Across the Wilderness
Soldiers Urging on Oxen That Are Pulling Boats Across Land from One Body of Navigable Water to Another Body of Navigable Water
Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) -Vol 1, page 819

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)
015a 1812 Canoe
Traveling by Water: Canoe

Lossing, Benson J.
The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812; or, Illustrations, by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence. (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869) - [Part 1], page 271

New York State Library call number: 973.52 qL88

015b Batteau Boat
Traveling by Water: Batteau

Schultz, Christian.
Travels on an Inland Voyage Through the States of New-York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and Through the Territories of Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New-Orleans; Performed in the Years 1807 and 1808; Including a Tour of Nearly Six Thousand Miles (New York: Printed by Isaac Riley, 1810) - [opposite page 7]

New York State Library call number: 917.3 S38
015c Durham Boat with Sails
Traveling by Water: Durham Boat

Schultz, Christian.
Travels on an Inland Voyage Through the States of New-York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and Through the Territories of Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New-Orleans; Performed in the Years 1807 and 1808; Including a Tour of Nearly Six Thousand Miles (New York: Printed by Isaac Riley, 1810) - [opposite page 7]

New York State Library call number: 917.3 S38
016a 1812 Soldiers
Soldiers

Lossing, Benson J.
The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812; or, Illustrations, by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics, and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence. (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869) - [Part 2], page 953

New York State Library call number: 973.52 qL88

016b Map showing the water route between Albany and Oswego
Map Showing the Water Route Between Albany and Oswego
"Communication Between Albany and Oswego (map)." In Mante, Thomas. The History of the Late War in North-America, and the Islands of the West-Indies Including the Campaigns of MDCCLXIII and MDCCLXIV against His Majesty's Indian Enemies (London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1772)

Map label calls author "Mr. Mants."

New York State Library call number: 973.26 qM29
017a Passing Over the Alleghany Mountains
Soldiers Moving Cannon over Rocky Ground

Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) - Vol. 1, page 524

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

017b Taking Cannon from Ticonderoga to Boston
Soldiers Urging on Oxen Pulling Cannon over Rocky Ground

Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All
Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time
 (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) -Vol. 1, page 831

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

017c Crossing the Drowned Lands
Soldiers Walking Through Water Above Their Elbows

Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) -Vol 2, page 1002

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

017d Arnold's Expedition Across the Wilderness
Soldiers Urging on Oxen That Are Pulling Boats Across Land from One Body of Navigable Water to Another Body of Navigable Water
Lossing, Benson John.
Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]) -Vol 1, page 819

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)
019a Map of River Bewteen Albany and Oswego
Map Showing the Water Route Between Albany and Oswego
"Communication Between Albany and Oswego (map)." In Mante, Thomas. The History of the Late War in North-America, and the Islands of the West-Indies Including the Campaigns of MDCCLXIII and MDCCLXIV against His Majesty's Indian Enemies (London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1772)

Map label calls author "Mr. Mants."

New York State Library call number: 973.26 qM29
19b Elkanah Watson Diary Sept.9, 1791
Elkanah Watson diary entry:
Sept. 9, 1791
Quotation about Wood Creek (1 of 2)

Elkanah Watson Papers, SC12579, Box 5, Folder 1,
Page 14, September 9, 1791

020a Oneida Reservation Map 1866
Map of the Oneida Reservation

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A Map of the Oneida Reservation Including the Lands Leased to Peter Smith Fairman sct. Albany. ([Lowville, N.Y.: s.n., 1866]

New York State Library call number: (74762) ca.1795 99-6553

020b

Elkanah Watson Diary Sept. 12, 1791
Elkanah Watson diary entry:
Sept. 12, 1791
Quotation about Wood Creek (2 of 2)

Elkanah Watson Papers, SC12579, Box 5, Folder 1,
Page 17, September 12, 1791

021 Letter from Philip Schuyler
Letter from Philip Schuyler, page 2
Letter from Philip Schuyler
Letter from Philip Schuyler to [?], March 14, 1796.

New York State Library call number: SC19811, Box 2, Folder 20
023 Durham Boat
1810: A batteau (boat without sail) and a Durham boat (boat with sail)

Schultz, Christian.
Travels on an Inland Voyage Through the States of New-York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and Through the Territories of Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New-Orleans; Performed in the Years 1807 and 1808; Including a Tour of Nearly Six Thousand Miles (New York: Printed by Isaac Riley, 1810) - [opposite page 7]

New York State Library call number: 917.3 S38

024 Map of the Canal
Map of the Erie Canal/Profile of the Erie Canal

[Abbott, Jacob].
Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852)

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245

Settling the Land: Acquisition and Dispossession

No. Image and PDF file Citation
027 Pillar of Faces
Pillar of Faces
Hosack, David.
Memoir of DeWitt Clinton with an Appendix, Containing Numerous Documents, Illustrative of the Principal Events of His Life (New York: J. Seymour, 1829)– Plate facing page 86

New York State Library call number: 974.7 Zc6h
031 Portrait of Red Jacket, Seneca Chief
Red Jacket: Seneca Chief.

Childs, Cephas Grier.
Red Jacket [art reproduction] : Seneca chief (Philadelphia ; S.F. Bradford, 183-?)

New York State Library call number: PRI 1040+

032 House of Red Jacket
"House of Red Jacket, on the Buffalo Reservation"
"House of Red Jacket, on the Buffalo Reservation." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State. Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842)– page 150

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3
033 De Witt State Map, Continuation of Westward pre-emtion line
Land speculators bought large tracts of land to sub-divide

De Witt, Simeon. "Continuation of the State westward from the pre-emption line" 1st sheet of De Witt's State-map of New-York ([New York?: s.n., 1793?])

New York State Library call number: (747) 1793 99-6391

034
035
Newly Cleared Land in America
Building the Canal: Cutting Down Trees and Removing Stumps
"Newly Cleared Land in America." In Hall, Basil. Forty Etchings from Sketches Made with the Camera Lucida, in North America, in 1827 and 1828 (Edinburgh: Cadell & Co., [1829?])

New York State Library call number: 917.3 qH168
036a

Porcess of Excavation Lockport
Building the Canal: Blasting Through Rock

"Process of Excavation – Lockport." In Colden, Cadwallader D. Memoir, Prepared at the Request of a Committee of the Common Council of the City of New York and Presented to the Mayor of the City, at the Celebration of the Completion of the New York Canals (New York: Printed by order of the corporation of New York, 1825)

New York State Library call number: 386.4 qC68 203-5185

036b Deep Cut at Lockport in 1825
Building the Canal: The Deep Cut at Lockport in 1825
"Deep Cutting – Lockport". In Colden, Cadwallader D. Memoir, Prepared at the Request of a Committee of the Common Council of the City of New York and Presented to the Mayor of the City, at the Celebration of the Completion of the New York Canals (New York: Printed by order of the corporation of New York, 1825)

New York State Library call number: 386.4 qC68 203-5185
037 First Aqueduct Over the River at Rochester, 1826
Building the Canal: Building an Aqueduct over the Genesee River at Rochester
"First Aqueduct Over the River at Rochester, 1826." In Duttenhofer, A. Bereisung der Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, mit besonderer Hinsicht auf den Erie-Canal (Stuttgart: C.W. Löflund, 1835). [Image faces page 59]

New York State Library call number: 917.4 D97

Completion of the Canal: Wedding of the Waters

No. Image and PDF file Citation
039a Northeastern [sic] view of the locks at Lockport
Wedding of the Waters: The Canal at Lockport Is Completed

"Northeastern [sic] view of the locks at Lockport." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State. Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842) – page 351

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3

039b Deep Cut at Lockport
Wedding of the Waters: The Seneca Chief Starts Its Journey

"Deep Cutting – Lockport." In Colden, Cadwallader D. Memoir, Prepared at the Request of a Committee of the Common Council of the City of New York and Presented to the Mayor of the City, at the Celebration of the Completion of the New York Canals (New York: Printed by order of the corporation of New York, 1825)

New York State Library call number: 386.4 qC68 203-5185

040 Broadside: Grand Celebration
Wedding of the Waters: Planning a Celebration
Grand Celebration at a Meeting of the Committee of Arrangements Appointed by the Citizens of Geneva to Make Suitable Arrangements for the Celebration of the Completion of the Erie Canal, and the Meeting of the Waters of the Great Western Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, on Wednesday the 26th Instant, It Was Resolved, That, for the Purpose of Demonstrating the Joy Which the Citizens of Geneva, in Common with the Citizens of the State, Feel at the Completion of the Erie Canal, It Be Recommended to Them to Partake of a Public Dinner, at the Franklin House, on Wednesday the 26th inst. at 4 o'clock p.m (Geneva, N.Y.: J. Bogert, printer, 1825)

New York State Library call number: BRO 0705
041 The Lock
Wedding of the Waters: The Lock

"The Lock." In [Abbott, Jacob]. Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852) – page 88

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245

042 Erie & Junction Canal Directory
Wedding of the Waters: 363 Miles from Buffalo to Albany

"Erie & Junction Canal Directory"
Shepard, Samuel W. Erie & Junction Canal Directory; Containing a List of the Principal Places on Said Canals, with Their Distance from Each Other, and from the Several Collectors' Offices (Little Falls, N.Y.: Griffing's Press, 1828)

New York State Library call number: BRO 1091+

043 Wedding of the Lakes with the Ocean
Wedding of the Waters!

"Wedding of the Lakes with the Ocean." In Lossing, Benson John. Our Country, a Household History of the United States for All Readers, from the Discovery of America to the Present Time (New York, Johnson & Bailey, [c1895]), page 1331.

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88o (3 volumes)

045a Ode for the Canal Celebration
Wedding of the Waters: An Ode to Mark the Occasion
Woodworth, Samuel.
"Ode for the Canal Celebration, Written at the Request of the Printers of New-York By Mr. Samuel Woodworth" (New York: Clayton and Van Norden, Printers, 1825)

New York State Library call number: SCO BD 1539
045b Peter Smith Hand Press
Wedding of the Waters: Peter Smith Hand Press

"Peter Smith Hand Press." In Hoe, Robert. A Short History of the Printing Press and of the Improvements in Printing Machinery from the Time of Gutenberg Up to the Present Day (New York: R. Hoe, 1902) - page 9

New York State Library call number: 655.31 qH69

045c Colden Memoir Fire Deaprtment Float
Wedding of the Waters: Parade Float

Colden, Cadwallader D.
Memoir, Prepared at the Request of a Committee of the Common Council of the City of New York and Presented to the Mayor of the City, at the Celebration of the Completion of the New York Canals (New York: Printed by order of the corporation of New York, 1825)

New York State Library call number: 386.4 qC68 203-5185

046 Amos Eaton's Geological Profile of the Erie Canal
Amos Eaton's Geological Profile of the Erie Canal

Eaton, Amos. A Geological and Agricultural Survey of the District Adjoining the Erie Canal in the State of New York Taken under the Direction of the Hon. Stephen Van Rensselaer. Part I. Containing a Description of the Rock Formations; Together with a Geological Profile, Extending from the Atlantic to Lake Erie (Albany: Printed by Packard & Van Benthuysen, 1824)

New York State Library call number: 557.47 E14

048 Otsego Harold newspaper article "The Canal"
"The Canal" from July 31, 1820, [sic] issue of the Otsego Herald newspaper

 [Cooperstown] Otsego Herald, July 31, 1820, page 3,
column 2

New York State Library call number: 071 E12 84-25695 1814 AUG 11-1821 JAN 29

049

Amos Eaton's Geological Journal, title page

Amos Eaton Geological Journal, first entry
Amos Eaton's Geological Journal from May 1st to June 10th 1826 (first two pages)

Amos Eaton Papers, Box 2, Folder 3, Journal "E": "Amos Eaton's Geological Journal from May 1st to June 10th 1826. Being the Sixth Canal Tour for the Honorable Stephen van Rensselaer."

New York State Library call number: SC10685

050 Copy of the Register of Canal Boats
Register of Canal Boats, January 1, 1833

Copy of the Register of Canal Boats, as appears from the book of Registry, of those boats in the Comptroller's office, on the 1st day of January, 1833; showing the name of each boat, the place as that where owned, the name or names of the owners, and the date of each certificate of registry or ownership.

New York State Library call number: BD3933

051 Choice and Valuable Lands advertisement
Choice and Valuable Lands

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Marcy, William L. Choice and Valuable Lands (Albany, N.Y.: Packard & Van Benthuysen, 1828) [broadside]

New York State Library call number: BRO 0001

Erie Canal: Industrial Growth

No. Image and PDF file Citation
053 Great Brewery of John Taylor & Sons, Albany, N.Y
Great Brewery of John Taylor & Sons, Albany, N.Y.

"Great Brewery of John Taylor and Sons, Albany, N.Y." Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, October 30, 1858 – page 338.

New York State Library call number: 071.471 fF828 206-898

054a Salt Manufacture at Syracuse illustration on Map
Salt Manufacture at Syracuse:
1 of 2 images

French, J. H. The State of New York from New and Original Surveys (New York: H.H. Lloyd & Co., 1865) [Vignette only from this 1865 map of New York State]

New York State Library call number: (747) 1865+ 215-1410

054b

Salt Manufacture at Syracuse
Salt Manufacture at Syracuse:
2 of 2 images

Scientific American, December 13, 1890, page [368] with story on page 373

New York State Library call number: 605 fS414

056a James Galloway Residence, Malt House
James Galloway's Res[idence], Malt House, Steam Saw Mill and Ware House Property on Erie Canal, corner of Main Street, Palmyra, New York.
"James Galloway's Res[idence], Malt House, Steam Saw Mill and Ware House Property on Erie Canal, corner of Main Street, Palmyra, New York." In McIntosh, W.H. History of Wayne County, New York; with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Palatial Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories, from Original Sketches by Artists of the Highest Ability (Philadelphia: Everts, Ensign & Everts, 1877) 

New York State Library call number: 974.787 fM15
056b Office and Works of te Troy Malleable Iron Co
Office and Works of the Troy Malleable Iron Co., Troy, N.Y
.

Office and Works of the Troy Malleable Iron Co., Troy, N.Y.
[print]

New York State Library call number: PRI 0004

Working and Living on and near the Canal

No. Image and PDF file Citation
057 Storage and Forwarding Broadside
Working and Living on and near the Erie Canal: Warehouses: Storage and Forwarding!
Storage and Forwarding! The Subscriber Having Leased the Large and Commodious Store House at Lowville Landing, Announces to the Inhabitants of Lewis County, That He Is Prepared to Ship Freight to New-York and All Points on the Line of the Canal, in Good Boats and at the Most Reasonable Prices. I Keep Constantly on Hand and For Sale at the Store House, Salt, Water-Lime, &c. Also, at the Old Stand, One Door South of the Bank, Will Also Attend to Butter and Cheese as Usual. W.H. Greeley. Lowville, June 8th, 1861 (Lowville, N.Y.: Journal & Republican Cheap Power Press Print, 1861) [single accession broadside]

New York State Library call number: 9521c
058a

Receipt for stone, 1841
Working and Living on and near the Canal: H.G. Root & Company. Receipt for stone used in foundation wall of a church

 

H.G. Root & Co. receipt, February 16, 1841, "for stone that was used in the foundation wall of the church in the Village of Mohawk".

New York State Library call number: SC23039, Box 1, Folder 1841

 

058b October 9, 1837 H.G. Root & Co. Receipt
Working and Living on and near the Canal: H.G. Root & Company. Receipt for purchase of lake boat, Red Sea of Waterloo
H.G. Root & Co. receipt, October 9, 1837, for purchase of a lake boat, the Red Sea of Waterloo.

New York State Library call number: SC23039, Box 1, Folder 1837
060a Abraham Travis Diary March 1871 two pages
Working and Living on and near the Canal:  Abraham Travis's diary and business ledger, March 1871; first two pages

Travis, Abraham.
Diary, 1871-1877

New York State Library call number: BD22800

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060b Print of Erie Canal lock
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Canal store – at right in the photograph – at Fort Hunter (Montgomery County)

[Photographs of the Erie Canal relating to Fort Hunter, N.Y.] [picture]

New York State Library call number: PRI 5554, Item 2

061 Canal Regulations, March 1830, title page
Canal Regulations, March 1830, page 5
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Rules and Regulations: Canal Regulations, Rates of Tolls and Distances on the New-York State Canals as Established ... on the 22d March, 1830

New York (State). Canal Board.
Canal Regulations, Rates of Tolls, and Distances on the New-York State Canals; as Established by the Canal Board and Canal Commissioners, and in Force on Said Canals on the 22d March, 1830
(Albany, N.Y.: Printed by E. Croswell, Printer to the State, 1830) –  title page and page [5]

New York State Library call number: CAN 086-4 REGUL 206-2136 1830

062 Canal Regultations, May 1850, title page
Canal Regulations, May 1850, page 109
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Rules and Regulations: Laws, Regulations, Rates of Toll, and Names of the Principal Places ... Established ... on Said Canals May, 1850

New York (State). Canal Board.
Laws, Regulations, Rates of Toll, and Names of the Principal Places, with Their Distances from Each Other, of the New-York State Canals; as Established by the Canal Board, and in Force on Said Canals. May, 1850
(Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons & Co., Printers, 1850) – title page and page [109]

New York State Library call number: CAN 086-4 REGUL 206-2136 1850

063 Canal Regulations 1830, page 9
Rules and Regulations: Lock Tenders 1830, page 9
Canal Regulations, May 1850, page 92
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Lock Tenders 1850, pages 92-93

New York (State). Canal Board. Canal Regulations, Rates of Tolls, and Distances on the New-York State Canals; as Established by the Canal Board and Canal Commissioners, and in Force on Said Canals on the 22d March, 1830 (Albany, N.Y.: Printed by E. Croswell, Printer to the State, 1830) – page [9]

New York State Library call number: CAN 086-4 REGUL 206-2136 1830

 

New York (State). Canal Board.
Laws, Regulations, Rates of Toll, and Names of the Principal Places, with Their Distances from Each Other, of the New-York State Canals; as Established by the Canal Board, and in Force on Said Canals. May, 1850
(Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons & Co., Printers, 1850) – pages 92 and 93

New York State Library call number: CAN 086-4 REGUL 206-2136 1850

064 The Lock
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Lock Tenders and Inspectors of Canal Boats

"The Lock." In [Abbott, Jacob]. Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852) – page 88

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245

065 Canal Regulations 1850 pages 77, 94, 106
Rules and Regulations:Lock-Tenders 1850, pages 77, 94, and 106

New York (State). Canal Board. Laws, Regulations, Rates of Toll, and Names of the Principal Places, with Their Distances from Each Other, of the New-York State Canals; as Established by the Canal Board, and in Force on Said Canals. May, 1850 (Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons & Co., Printers, 1850) – pages 77, 94, and 106

New York State Library call number: CAN 086-4 REGUL 206-2136 1850

066a Albany Weigh Station Nov. 23 1858
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Weigh-Masters: Albany Weighlock Building

Albany Weighlock Building. In Leslie's Illustrated News, November 22, 1856 – page 384.



066b Certificate on weight of emtpy boat at weigh lock 1833
Working and Living on and near the Canal: Certificate on weight of empty boat at weigh lock, November 8, 1833
Certificate on weight of empty boat at weigh lock, November 8, 1833, in Fonda Family Papers, 1697-1889 

New York State Library call number: SC7026, Box 2, Folder 27, Item 288
067 Marco and the Steersman
Working and Living on and near the Canal: The Boat Crew: The Steersman
"Marco and the Steersman." In [Abbott, Jacob]. Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal  (New York: Harper, 1852) – page 170

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245
068 Laid Up for Winter-Canalboat Colony in Coenties Slip East River
Working and Living on and near the Canal: "Laid Up for Winter – Canalboat Colony in Coenties Slip, East River, New York City, 1884"

"Laid Up for Winter – Canalboat Colony in Coenties Slip, East River, [New York City, 1884]"
Harper's Weekly, February 16, 1884 – page 104.

069-072 nys Assembly Document 40, 1879
Did I hear you say you wanted to be a canal-boat captain? New York State Assembly Document 40 for the year 1879

New York State. Legislature. Assembly Document (AD) 40, January 31, 1879. Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the Canals of the State (Albany, N.Y.: Charles Van Benthuysen, 1879).

Parts of pages 27 to 32 of New York State Assembly Document 40 for the year 1879.
073

Advertisement for John Beadle & Co., Troy & Erie Line
Did I hear you say you wanted to be a canal-boat captain? Advertisement for John Beadle & Co.'s Troy & Erie Line

[Advertisement for John Beadle & Co.'s Troy & Erie Line], in Buffalo Daily Courier, October 7, 1854


New York State Library call number: NY 96++ 1854 SEP 12-1855 APR 5

Canal Boats

No. Image and PDF file Citation
075 Erie Canal Completed, print
The Packet Boat: A Floating Hotel

Erie Canal Completed [image]

New York State Library call number: PRI 1937

076

Going to Bed
The Packet Boat: A Floating Hotel: "Going to Bed"

"Going to Bed." In [Abbott, Jacob]. Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852) – page 78


New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245

 

077

Scott Diary page 71

Scott Diary page 70
The Packet Boat: A Floating Hotel: 1826 Travel Journal, pages 70-71

Alexander Stewart Scott Diary, 1826: September 23, 1826 (pages 70-71)

[Alexander Stewart Scott's description of having to stuff his bed clothes in his mouth to keep from laughing out loud]

New York State Library call number: BD13145

View the entire Alexander Stewart Scott diary in our Digital Collections. (Opens in NYSL Digital Collections in new browser tab)

078 Scott Diary, Fares and Distances-Returning
The Packet Boat: A Floating Hotel: 1826 Travel Journal, Chart titled "Fares and Distances – Returning"

Scott, Alexander Stewart. Diary, 1826: Back of journal 

New York State Library call number: BD13145

View the entire Alexander Stewart Scott diary in our Digital Collections. (Opens in NYSL Digital Collections in new browser tab)

079 Gran-Boat on the Erie Canal
Grain-Boat on the Erie Canal

Williams, J. David. America Illustrated (Boston, De Wolfe, Fiske & Company [c1883])– page 88

New York State Library call number: 917.3 qW72
080a Print: Western View in Central Part of Syracuse
Line Boats

"Western View in Central Part of Syracuse." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842) – page 395 [image 30 in PDF]

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3
080b The Line Boat Cabin
Line-Boat Cabin
"The Line Boat Cabin." In [Abbott, Jacob]. Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852) – page 135

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245

Erie Canal: Mother of Cities

No. Image and PDF file Citation
083 The Village of Rochester
Erie Canal: Mother of Cities: Rochester, 1827

"The Village of Rochester."  In Hall, Basil. Forty Etchings from Sketches Made with the Camera Lucida, in North America, in 1827 and 1828 (Edinburgh: Cadell & Co., [1829?])

New York State Library call number: 917.3 qH168
084a Directory of the Village of Rochester 1827 title page
Erie Canal: Mother of Cities: Rochester, 1827: Directory of the Village of Rochester … 1827

A Directory for the Village of Rochester Containing the Names, Residence and Occupations of All Male Inhabitants Over Fifteen Years of Age, in Said Village, on the First of January, 1827. To Which Is Added, a Sketch of the History of the Village, from 1812 to 1827 (Rochester, N.Y.: Published by Elisha Ely, 1827)

New York State Library call number: City Directory Collection (microfiche)
Includes: Map of Rochester by E. Johnson … January 2st, 1827.
Digital copy available at: City Directory Collection (Internet Archives)external link

084b Map of Rochester 1827
Erie Canal: Mother of Cities: Rochester, 1827: Map of Rochester

Map of Rochester by E. Johnson … January 1st, 1827. ([Rochester: Elisha Ely, 1827?])

New York State Library call number: (74789) 1827


085a Buffalo on Lake Erie
Erie Canal: Mother of Cities:
Buffalo, 1827

"Buffalo on Lake Erie." In Hall, Basil. Forty Etchings from Sketches Made with the Camera Lucida, in North America, in 1827 and 1828 (Edinburgh: Cadell & Co., [1829?])

New York State Library call number: 917.3 qH168
085b Print: Northwest View of Buffalo, NY
Erie Canal: Mother of Cities: Buffalo, 1842

"Northwest View of Buffalo, N.Y." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State Illustrated by 230 Engravings facing page 150 (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842)

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3
085c Buffalo and Its Water Front
Erie Canal: Mother of Cities: Buffalo, 1895

"Buffalo and Its Water Front"[print]. Geo. E. Matthews & Co. The Illustrated Buffalo Express, April 14, 1895.

New York State Library call number: PRI 5750+
086
Census of Buffalo, 1790-1855
Buffalo: Population, 1790-1855

New York (State). Secretary's Office.
Census of the State of New-York, for 1855; Taken in Pursuance of Article Third of the Constitution of the State and of Chapter Sixty-four of the Laws of 1855...
(Albany, N.Y.: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen, 1857)

New York State Library call number: 312.09747 qN5573 1855

The county tables similar to the one for Erie County begin on page xvi (image 26 of the digital copy); the image of Erie County is on page xx (image 30 of the digital copy).

087 1855 Census Rochester with Monroe County
Rochester: Population, 1790-1855

New York (State). Secretary's Office.
Census of the State of New-York, for 1855; Taken in Pursuance of Article Third of the Constitution of the State and of Chapter Sixty-four of the Laws of 1855...
(Albany, N.Y.: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen, 1857)

New York State Library call number: 312.09747 qN5573 1855

The county tables similar to the one for Monroe County begin on page xvi (image 26 of the digital copy); the image of Monroe County is on page xxiii (image 32 of the digital copy).

Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor

No. Image and PDF file Citation
089
Anzeige Advertisement
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor:Anzeige für Deutsche und Schweizer Auswanderer

Pierrepont [sic – actually Pierpont], Hezekiah Beers. Anzeige fur deutsche und schweizer Auswanderer (Philadelphia, Pa.: Conrad Zentler, 1832)

New York State Library call number: BRO 0787+


090

English Translation of Anzeige
page 2 of Anzeige translation
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Translation of Anzeige für Deutsche und Schweizer Auswandere

English Translation
Pierrepont [sic – actually Pierpont], Hezekiah Beers. Anzeige fur deutsche und schweizer Auswanderer (Philadelphia, Pa.: Conrad Zentler, 1832)

New York State Library call number: BRO 0787+

091

Steele's Western Guide Book and Emigrant Directory Map
Steele's Western Guide Book and Emigrant Directory
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Steele's Western Guide Book and Emigrant Directory

Steele, Oliver G.
Steele's Western Guide Book, and Emigrant's Directory, Containing Different Routes through the States of New-York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, with Short Descriptions of the Climate, Soil, Productions, Prospects, &c. (Buffalo, [N.Y.]: Oliver G. Steele, 1836) – map and title page

New York State Library call number: 917.7 S81

092 The Departure from Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper 1856
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Leaving Home

"The Departure." In Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, v. 2, no. 48, January 12, 1856 – page 77

New York State Library call number: 071.471 fF828 206-898

093 Emigrants Landing i New York from Harper's Weekly 1858
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Arriving in New York City

"Emigrants Landing in New York." Engraving by William John Hennessy in Harper's Weekly, June 26, 1858 – page 405

New York State Library call number: 051 fH29w  

094 Castle Garden Emigrant-Catchers from Puck magazie 1882
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Scam Artists

"Castle Garden Emigrant-Catchers." In Puck, June 14, 1882 – page 244

New York State Library call number: 817 qP9 

095 Steamboat from Harper's Popular Cyclopaedia[sic]
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Traveling by Steamboat from New York City to Albany

"Hudson River Steamboats." Lossing, Benson John. Harpers' Popular Cyclopædia of United States History from the Aboriginal Period Containing Brief Sketches of Important Events and Conspicuous Actors (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893) Volume 2, page 1345

New York State Library call number: 973 qL88
096 Hudson River Steam Boat Ad 1813 page 2
Hudson River Steamboat ad page 1
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Traveling by Steamboat from New York City to Albany: Advertisement of Steamboat Company

[Advertisement listing the prices and regulations for those who wanted to travel up the Hudson River on the steamboats Paragon, Car of Neptune, or North-River]. The Columbian, May 20, 1813

New York State Library call number: Bound Newspapers, Volume 426

097 Harnden's Emigrant Passenger Agency
Erie Canal: Immigration Corridor: Booking Passage West on a Canal Boat: Harnden's Emigrant Passenger Agency

"Harnden's Emigrant Passenger Agency." Albany Journal, May 10, 1845

098a

Print: Southeast View of Albany from Greenbush Ferry
Albany: Capital of New York State and Crossroads for Immigrants Traveling West: Albany, 1842

"Southeast View of Albany from Greenbush Ferry." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State Illustrated by 230 Engravings facing page 44 (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842)

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3
098b General Passage Office at Albany
Albany: Capital of New York State and Crossroads for Immigrants Travelling West: Advertisement for a General Passage Office
"General Passage Office at Albany." Albany Evening Journal, September 30, 1835.
099a The Packet Boat
Packet Boat

"The Packet Boat." From [Abbott, Jacob]. Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal (New York: Harper, 1852) – page 44

New York State Library call number: 813.4 A132 90-245
099b Print: Distant View of Black Rock and Vicinity
Line Boat

Barber, John Warner.
Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State. Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842) – page 144

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3

Canal Fever: Improving Transportation Beyond the Erie Canal


No. Image and PDF file Citation
101 Maps and Profiles of New York State Canal
Canal Fever: Map showing canals and railroads in New York State in 1858

New York (State). State Engineer and Surveyor.
Map and Profiles of New-York State Canals Designed under Direction of Van Rensselaer Richmond, State Engineer & Surveyor, to Accompany His Report for 1858. (Albany, N.Y.: C. Van Benthuysen, printer, 1858)

New York State Library call number: (747) 1858 200-3314

102 Print: Northern View of Whitehall
Canal Fever: Whitehall, Washington County, N.Y.

"Northern View of Whitehall." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State. Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842) – page 577

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3
103 Print: Southern View of Oswego
Canal Fever: Oswego, Oswego County, N.Y.

"Southern View of Oswego." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State. Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842) – page [433]

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3


104 Village of Oxford
Canal Fever: Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y.

"Central Part of the Village of Oxford." In Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State. Illustrated by 230 Engravings (New York: Pub. for the authors by S. Tuttle, 1842) – page 104

New York State Library call number: 974.7 B23a3
105 Broadside of the Black River and New York Line of Canal Boats
Canal Fever: Carthage, Jefferson County, N.Y.: Advertisement for a storage and forwarding company

The Black River and New York Line of Canal Boats will contract for, receive and deliver freight, to and from New York and Carthage, and all intermediate points on the Canals and the Black River, at Reduced Prices! … Packages should be marked "Black River & New York Line." … For Sale! Flour, Feed, Salt, Plaster, Water Lime, and Cement, at the Store House on the Dock, in Carthage. ([Carthage, N.Y.?]: The Company, 1861)

New York State Library call number: 9521b

107 Canal Boats on the North River, New York
Canal Fever: 1852: Canal Boats in New York City

F. Gleason. "Canal Boats in the North River, New York." In Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, December 25, 1852, page 409

New York State Library call number: 051 fB19 V.1
109 Whig Party Advertisement
Enlarge the Canal: 1841: WHIGs vs. LOCO-FOCOs political advertisementt

Albany Evening Journal, November 2, 1841

New York State Library call number: NY 42 Albany 93-31331

110 Broadside: Canal Enlargement! Mas Meeting at Canastota
Enlarge the Canal: 1851: Canal Enlargement! Mass Meeting at Canastota

Canal Enlargement! Mass Meeting at Canastota, Wednesd'y May 7. (Canasota, N.Y. 1851)

New York State Library call number: BRO 073

114a

Photograph of lower gate of lock No. 11
1915: A lower gate of lock No. 11, Champlain Canal

New York (State). State Engineer and Surveyor.
The Barge Canal System Being Constructed by the State of New York
(Albany, N.Y.: J.B. Lyon Company, 1915), pages 12 and 46

New York State Library call number: 386.48 N532 90-40325

114b Plan of New Barge Canal Lock...
1915: A Barge Canal Lock Showing It Could Hold Six Erie Canal Boats of Present Size

New York (State). State Engineer and Surveyor.
The Barge Canal System Being Constructed by the State of New York
(Albany, N.Y.: J.B. Lyon Company, 1915), pages 12 and 46

New York State Library call number: 386.48 N532 90-40325

115 NYS Barge Canal System Being Constructed
1915: Map Showing the Routes of the Erie Canal and the Barge Canal between Schenectady and Little Falls

New York (State). State Engineer and Surveyor.
The Barge Canal System Being Constructed by the State of New York
(Albany, N.Y.: J.B. Lyon Company, 1915), pages 22

New York State Library call number: 386.48 N532 90-40325

116 First Excursion Train of Passenger Cars, 1831
First Excursion Train of Passenger Cars, 1831

In Geo. H. Adams & Son's New Columbian Rail Road Atlas and Pictorial Album of American Industry. (New York: [The Company?], 1874)

New York State Library call number: 609 xA213

118a

Village of Little Falls (Mohawk River)
Little Falls, N.Y.: Image of a Packet Boat at Night

William H. Bartlett Prints."Village of Little Falls (Valley of the Mohawk)", image 51

New York State Library call number: PRI 5584

118b Print: Little Falls Town
Little Falls, N.Y.: Image of a Packet Boat in the Foreground and an Image of a Train in the Background

William H. Bartlett Prints "Village of Little Falls (Mohawk River)", image 56

New York State Library call number: PRI 5584

118c Print: Rail Road Scene Little Falls
Little Falls, N.Y.: Image of a Train the Foreground with an Image of a Canal Boat in the Background

William H. Bartlett Prints "Rail-road Scene, Little Falls (Valley of the Mohawk)", image 54

New York State Library call number: PRI 5584

120 Map Exhibiting the Line of the NY and Erie Rail Road 1844
Map of Canals and Railroads in New York State in 1844

A Map Prepared for the Report of the New York & Erie R.R. Co., 1844, Exhibiting the Line of the N.Y. & E. R. Road... (New York and Erie Railroad Company: The Company, 1844)

New York State Library call number: (747) 1844 200-3245

122 1822 Riot at Lockport Newspaper Clipping
1822 Riot at Lockport Newspaper Clipping, page 2
Riot at Lockport

Oswego Palladium, January 10, 1823:Page 2: Column 2
Oswego Palladium, January 31, 1823:Page 1: Column 3

 

 

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